• Jul 14, 2011
Well, at least the JetBlue was offering $4 flights across Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, all of the seats on the special deep-discount flights are now officially booked and completely sold out in just two hours.

In an effort to give the city's motorists another option to avoid the much-dreaded interstate 405 closure, the airline came up with a simple plan: offer $4 flights from Burbank to Long Beach. Fliers could also choose to come back the same way for an additional four bucks. Total flying time is around 45 minutes, excluding nightmares like security, delays and the infamous "last mile" dilemma, and for an extra dollar, participants could enjoy treats like boarding early and enjoying more overhead storage room for their carry-on luggage.

Flights from Burbank to Long Beach will leave at 12:20 p.m. and 6:35 p.m., while those traveling in the opposite direction have the option of taking off at 1:50 p.m. or 7:55 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. The airline is only planning to run the flights for one day, so file this one under "Clever Marketing Stunt."


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      John S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its just trading one hell for another. All the hassle of getting to the airport, security, boarding, inevitable flight delay. Just stay home.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      These would be great flights to use to take someone on their first airplane ride never mind trying to avoid the road mess
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it's a big, wealthy, first world city. Closing a single road shouldn't cause much trouble, because the smart voters will have ensured their representatives have made the proper provisions for redundant modes of transport, such as bus, rail, bike, etc.; not to mention alternative routes. This plane thing is just a stunt, because those other modes of transport can't simply all be used up because a single road was shut. Right? No? Alright, there's a recession on. Get building. Create some jobs.
      omegaslast
      • 3 Years Ago
      this civilization is screwed. thats like 100x the gas used imagine driving the bugatti veyron supersport at max speed for this same trip and you have about 1/10th of what this actually uses in fuel PER PASSENGER (im pulling these numbers out of my ass but theyre somewhat grounded in reality)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @omegaslast
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          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          Keep telling the mirror that, sonnyjim.
          Stang70Fastback
          • 3 Years Ago
          Actually, no, he isn't. If you think a 30-45 minute hop on an airplane is efficient, you need to re-learn some stuff. It's maybe efficient as far as your own personal time management, but as far as environmental responsibility, it's - quite simply - just plain stupid. For a short flight such as this, the time the engines spend NOT operating at max efficiency (particularly when they are idling on the ground) is a much larger percentage of the total operational time. Couple that with all the other behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into prepping a plane for takeoff and what you have is the transportation equivalent of using a Cray supercomputer to browse Facebook.
        avWXman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @omegaslast
        As a corporate aviation flight planner/dispatcher/weatherman, I can assure you that you're in the right ballpark with your example. That short of a flight can't get the jet up to its most efficient altitudes, so it burns a metric crapton of fuel. That being said, if the 405's closed, you wouldn't be able to drive they veyron along that route at any decent speed. SO GLAD I don't live in Los Angeles!
      axebmw
      • 3 Years Ago
      I booked the flight for Saturday night! It's really not to avoid the traffic - my friends and I are doing it simply because it's a whimsical and fun thing to do (I'm pretty sure everyone else on the flight is doing it for the same reason). When else would we get the opportunity to fly across our city and back for 10 bucks (we got the good seats) and get a nice view?! The crazy thing is, it was almost impossible to book -- the website traffic was too much so people had to book over the phone -- we were lucky to get tickets! This was a GENIUS marketing stunt -- tons and tons of free press -- I've seen articles in the LA Times, on here, LA.Curbed, and CNN so far -- for what probably isn't costing the company any more than a few hundred thousand dollars.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the last mile dilemma?
      Mr. Sunshine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank god I own a helicopter. (Just kidding.)
      yuppiescum
      • 3 Years Ago
      How would you like a commuter rail or subway now, LA?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        dvrt10
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, I'm sure neither of those freeways will be busy with the 405 closed.
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